UK approves preimplantation genetic screening technique

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 21 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:125
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. BMJ

    The screening of embryos for an abnormal number of chromosomes has been approved in principle by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the body that regulates in vitro fertilisation treatment in the United Kingdom.

    It is the first time that the authority has approved a technique that detects a range of genetic abnormalities rather than one specific genetic disease. The technique, known as aneuploidy screening, is thought to increase the success rate of in vitro fertilisation by eliminating those embryos that have a poor chance of implanting in the womb.

    In a statement issued last week, the …

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